Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A few days with Kim Diehl (pt 1)

Posted by Strlady at 5:00 AM
I had been anticipating last week for months. Last May, while trolling Kim's website for her teaching schedule I found that she would be dropping into Kerrville, Texas in October. To say I immediately emailed Creations Quilt shop is an understatement.

I have not had tons of success with invisible machine applique and I really needed some help. Who better to teach you the tricks and trade than someone who's work you admire the most. That would be Kim Diehl (pronounce Deal - as in "Let's make a Deal" - I always wondered about the pronunciation of that!).

Taking a class with Kim is like hanging around a sewing machine with a buddy. I cannot tell you what a class act she is. Funny and relaxed and low stress... she repeated things to anyone that had problems "getting it" and would look over your shoulder if you were not sure you were "doing it right". But I'm really getting ahead of myself.

We started the class with a trunk show on Sunday night.

She talked about how she got into quilting and how unconventional she has always been.

She then brought out a truckload of quilts so that we could drool over them. 
This is one of my favorites just because it's on the cover of the APQ that my daughter was in.

Unfortunately the lighting in the room was sooo poor that many of the quilts photographed very dark or if I tried to play with the manual setting on the camera, they would blur. So disappointed in that.

Still, I got a few that held up.

I love this one too. I think a few quilt shops have been running this one as a BOM.

After the lecture we were able to go up and give the quilts a thorough rub down..

This one is in her latest book Simple Charms.

And this one will be in the next book (expect it some time in 2013/2014)

The night was a real treat! Many quilters that could not get into the class traveled a good distance just for the trunk show. I think it would have been well worth it.

6 comments on "A few days with Kim Diehl (pt 1)"

Brenda said...

You lucky girl! Can't wait to see what you made... Hurry up with pt2, LOL

Brenda on October 23, 2012 at 6:02 AM said...

I was lucky enough to take a class with Kim in April of 2011. What a fun class. I would love to take another class with her. I love that Kim is so down to earth and helpful. It was my first class with a real quilt teacher and I loved it.

Thelma on October 23, 2012 at 6:30 AM said...

I would love to attend a Kim Diehl class. Her classes at the Road to California show sold out as soon as they were listed and I missed out. I am green with envy and can hardly wait to hear more.

I have all her books but have yet to make a single one of her patterns, in 2013, that will change!

Nicole on October 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM said...

I have always wanted to take a class from her. I was just looking at her website and it seems that she has really cut back her traveling due to health issues. Fortunately, she has recuperated, so maybe we will see more of her. I love her work.

Susan on October 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM said...

I loved to take one of her classes; this quilts are fabulous. I'll keep an eye out if she ventures to the Pacific Northwest, XOXO

Cathy on October 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM said...

How fabulous! Can't wait to see what you worked on in the class. I'd like to improve my invisible stitch too. I need to be on the lookout for classes with big name teachers.


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